Our Festival is taking place in the beautiful seaside town of Rathmullan Donegal from 15-18 February. If you are looking for a long weekend of nature & beach walks..
Ballyshannon Folk Festival Posters – The oldest Traditional Music Festival in the country, this year presents an exiting programme with some of the newest, youngest and freshest Irish and international talent on the folk and traditional music scene.
Ballyshannon Folk Festival Posters
The 37th annual Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Fesitval is the place to be next August Bank Holiday Weekend (Thursday 31st July – Sunday 3rd August 2014) as the sounds of traditional & folk music echo from the streets, pubs and theatre once again. One of Ireland’s longest running festival, this promises to be a great weekend for all the family.
Another top class lineup has been announced bringing the best of folk & trad acts to the Ballyshannon stage. The weekend also offers plenty of pub sessions, street entertainment, workshops and our annual showcase competition with €1000 CASH for this years winner. This will no doubt be another memorable festival weekend.
With free open air concerts, live pub sessions, workshops and a new talent showcase in this years programme, The Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival is sure to have something to cater for all tastes. Full details of all events are available online at www.ballyshannonfolkfestival.com
Amazing Grace Festival 2013 – 4th – 8th April
Against the stunning backdrop of Lough Swilly, celebrate the inspirational story of John Newton, his dramatic, life-changing arrival in Ireland and the 240th anniversary of his most famous hymn “Amazing Grace”.
A weekend events for all the family will combine music, history & heritage, arts & crafts and more…
Thursday 4 April: The John Newton lecture with historian Marylynn Rouse (hosted by the West Inishowen History and Heritage Group)
NEW Friday 5 April: Night of a Thousand Stars – Songs of Freedom, Hope & Joy. Community concert in aid of The Exchange resource centre. 7.30pm at The Plaza, Buncrana. An evening of music from talented singers of all ages! (Ticket prices tbc)
Saturday 6 April: Family Fun Day in Main Street, Buncrana featuring arts and crafts, 18th century toys, face painting, balloon modelling and live music.
Belfast Community Gospel Choir in concert
Saturday 6 April: 8pm at The Plaza, Buncrana – Tickets priced €10 (€5 concessions and children under 12, under 5s free) available for pre-order from [email protected]
Sunday 7 April: 8pm (venue tbc)
The hour I first believed – stories of faith in the 21st Cenutry plus live music
Monday 8 April: 6pm (final details tbc)
Special event to mark the anniversary itself featuring Buncrana’s own choir – The Gateway Singers.
BONUS Event: Wednesday 10 April at St Columbs Cathedral, Derry. “John Newton in Derry” talk by historian Marylynn Rouse.
Buncrana Music Arts and Culture Festival
Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th July 2012
The organising committee for this year’s Buncrana Music, Arts and Culture Festival have this week launched the full programme of events. The festival, which had been in jeopardy, was only saved in March when a new committee was formed.
The festival kicks off on Thursday, July 26 with a big country music night with live music on the Main Street with music by Gerry Guthrie from 8.30pm followed by Patrick Feeney and his band, who this week received a standing ovation from his audience at the Highland Radio concert.
There is also a car treasure hunt starting from the Lake of Shadows Hotel at 6pm.
The North Pole Cycling Club are also holding a 30km road race leaving from the fire station at 7pm.
Friday sees the activities continue with a Dog Show on the shore greens commencing at 3pm. There will be live music each day from 2.30pm from Friday to Sunday outside The Coffee Cup; everyone is welcome to bring their own instruments.
On Friday night at 8.30 the Main Street comes alive with the ever popular Kopykat Killers followed at 10pm by Shadowplay who played at last year’s festival. At 11pm the Plaza plays host to local favourite Martin Cuffe and up and coming star Johnny Brady, while there is a festival disco in club Libertys.
Saturday 28th July has a jammed packed programme of events starting with a carnival parade on the Main Street from 12.30pm. This event is being organised by Donegal Youth Service and continues from 1pm to 6pm at the shore greens with a host of activities including a Teddy Bears picnic and a range of fun events for the kids. From 1pm there will also be a mini-music festival and craft fair at Swan Park. The festival also coincides with The Feel Good Fortnight organised by Buncrana Community Combatting Suicide.
Defending Aileach-eireanns edge visit Buncrana with their fabulous display of Ireland’s only replica of an ancient Irish chariot, as well as an Irish medieval combat display and sword making. These range of events promises to be a great day for everyone.
Saturday evening sees live music on Buncrana’s Main Street at 8.30pm with highly popular local band Overplay. At 10pm the Main Street will see Rattle n Hum play to the crowds, described as the finest U2 tribute band on the planet by Hotpress magazine. The Knights of Leon, another extremely popular act play in the plaza from midnight, with a festival disco in club Libertys.
In a slight change to previous years the Sunday will see a host of events on the main street from 5.30pm. There will be free face painting, bouncy castles and disney characters for the children square. The highlight of the festival will see the 8-piece Garth Brooks experience perform on stage at 10pm.
Buncrana Camera Club will host a photographic exhibition from 12 midday in the former Ruanna Shop.
All bars and clubs will have extended opening throughout the festival. Cullens Amusements will have their Funfair on the Shore greens throughout the festival. This is recognised as the premier fairground in Ireland.
The organising would also like anyone willing to help steward the festival to please contact Nicholas on 086 8435031 or Pat on 086 8179209 urgently.
Finally, the committee are extremely grateful to all our main sponsors who made this year’s festival viable.
Lennon Festival 2012
Sunday 1st July
3.30 pm Leprechaun Hunt (Leprechaun licence to be bought at Gambles Square)
Sponsored by AJ Lockhart & S Crawford Construction.
Singing Pub: O’Shaughnessy’s
Monday 2nd July
7-7.30pm Car Treasure Hunt starting from Market Square
Sponsored by the Silver Tassie Hotel
Tuesday 3rd July
6.00pm Junior Soccer Blitz/Childrens Sports in Swilly Park
8.00pm x Swilly Rovers V’s x Mariners over 40’s at Swilly Park for Purple Cup
Singing Pub : Lennon Lodge
Wednesday 4th July
6.30pm Fun Raft Race Teams of 4, strictly over 18, lifejackets must be worn, oar power only; Rafts must be registered before entry.
Registration takes place at Gambles Square
8.00pm Charity singles open Bowls competition in Makemie Hall contact 9151223
All proceeds in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society
8.30pm Fashion Show in Town Hall
With local Fashion Designer Liam Grier & St Vincent DePaul shop. Liam will show a large and varied collection of beautiful fine knitwear on the night. While under the supervision of Eilish Toland the St Vincent DePaul shop will show a collection of everyday & designer labels. Also Ramelton Youth Project & The Treesome Kids are producing some unusual fashion from everyday items!!
Singing Pub : Conways
Thursday 5th July
11.00am Ramelton Guided Heritage Tour leaving Gambles Square. Lennon Festival 2012
3.00pm Open Table Tennis Tournament in Robinson’s School
(Under 10,13,16 & Seniors)
7.00pm 4km Fun Run/Walk of Ramelton Registration takes place at St Marys National School car park.
8.00pm Charity singles open Bowls competition in Makemie Hall contact 9151223 All proceeds in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society.
8.30pm Queen of the Lennon in the Town Hall With Miss Elegance also on the night! Sponsored by Tom Murray Pharmacy & The Wedding Centre, Letterkenny
Singing Pub : Bridge Bar
Friday 6th July
4.00pm Little Miss Ramelton & Prince Charming in the Town Hall
6.00pm Crab fishing at the quay (children must be accompanied by an adult, string & bait will be provided)
6.30pm Official Reception in Robinson’s School
7.00pm Music at Gambles Square by Chalk & Cheese Sponsored by Kevin Mc Fadden
8.00pm Official opening at Gambles Square by DESSIE GALLAGHER Irish Actor of Stage & Screen
8.00pm Charity singles open Bowls competition in Makemie Hall contact 9151223 All proceeds in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society
10 – 1am SUPPER DANCE in the Town Hall Music by Country Traditions with Waltzing, Jiving competition and Glamorous Granny.
Saturday 7th July
10.00am Country Market in the Town Hall
10.30am Art Competition Draw your masterpiece on the Spot!
& Wildflower Competition (flowers must be in 1lb Jam Jars). In the Community Centre. Paper, crayons etc will be provided.
10.30am Vintage Car Display at Gambles Square
2.30pm CARNIVAL PARADE (TOTAL PRIZE MONEY €400)
4.15pm Childrens Adventure Trail starting at Festival H.Q.
4.30pm Gladiator Challenge on the Bing
5.00pm Live Music by COPPERHEAD Sponsored by Hugo Whoriskey
7.00pm Playstation Challenge
9.30-12pm Two Hand & Ceili dancing music by James Sandlilands in Town Hall
Sunday 8th July
2.00pm Open Tennis Tournament at Tennis Courts
2.00pm Bonny Baby Competition in the Town Hall
1.30pm Ulster Marching Band Competition at Gambles Square
2.30pm Fling on the Bing Teams of 4 (2men & 2women)
4.30pm Horseshoe throwing on the Bing
5.00pm Live Music at Gambles Square featuring Malcolm Fisher, Paul McCahill & Ann McConigley
6.00pm Safety Inspection of vehicles before race at Back Lane. Helmets & Safety gear to be worn, vehicles must have brakes and freewheeling only, strictly over 18. Prizes for best Novelty Cart. (no sharp edges or protruding steel)
6.30pm Wheelie Wacky Waces (soap box derby) at Castle Street
8.30pm Kids Concert in Town Hall. A showcase of our young local talent!
12 noon Children’s Talent Competition in the Town Hall Sponsored by the Ramelton Pantomime Society
3.30pm Pet Show at Gambles Square (All animals must be vaccinated) Sponsored by The Animal Health Centre, Ramelton
5.30pm Children’s Fancy Dress at Gambles Square
6.45pm Adults Adventure Trail starting at Festival H.Q.
7.00pm Orienteering Competition (12-14yrs) (14-16yrs) (16-18yrs)
8.30pm Music at Gambles Square by MARTIN ORR & HONKY TONK HEROES
10.30pm LENNON FESTIVAL CLOSING CEREMONY
AND FINALLY….. ……………. EXTRAVAGANZA!!!
The closing ceremony of the Lennon Festival has taken on a life of its own over the last few years. It begins with the entrance of The Lennon Dragon, with other creatures of the deep blue in attendance, weaving his way along the river to pass major icons of the world lighting up and culminating in a spectacular dazzling display of fireworks beyond the Quay.
Side Events: Best Large Garden, Best Painted New House, Best Painted Old House, Best Kept Area, Best Hanging Baskets, Best Small Garden, Best Window Boxes, Best Kept Business Premises, Best Floral
Laghey Blast Festival
The Countdown is on and preparations are well underway for the Laghey Blast Festival. With only one week to go to the May Bank Holiday Weekend, you will see the village of Laghey come alive for their third annual festival.
Events will kick off on Friday night 4th May with the selection of the Festival Queen. Twelve ladies from Laghey and the surrounding areas will take part in this competition in O’Carolan’s Dew Drop Inn at 9.00p.m..
To celebrate the recent success of Laghey’s Biggest Loser there will be a 5km fun run at 12 noon on Saturday 6th May.
The opening parade is also on Saturday at 1.00p.m. with marching bands, local children and The Big Heads. MC is Gerry Singer.
This year’s festival brings a variety of events and activities to suit everyone’s taste with plenty of fun and entertainment for all the family. Children’s activities include Fun Fair – pay as you go, Bouncy Castles, Children’s Olympics, Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Itchy Feet, this is a free workshop for kids on drumming, Magician show on Sunday at 2.00p.m. and 5.00p.m., Birds of Prey and much more. For the adults, Arts and Craft Market, History Tour, Blast Bake Off – Bakery Competition, Funzone includes Cracker Eating Competition, Musical Chairs for the young and old, Show and Tell with local people showing their skills, Soap Box Darby – Go Cart Racing, Rambling House music, songs, stories and dance for the young at heart.
There will be balls of fun when 1,000 balls are released at the top of Main Street with first ball winning a prize of €200.00. The Ball Race competition is on Sunday at 2.00p.m. and costs only €5.00 each and you have two chances of winning. The Jack Wise Show a crazy street entertainer – sword swallower and hilarious ventriloquist not to be missed.
Saturday night’s entertainment includes original band Mojo GoGo their drummer Jordon Carty who hails from Donegal town and has toured America with Kintra. The band has recently featured on the front cover of Hot Press Magazine and has also secured a record deal in Manchester. Ardara’s singer and songwriter Emily Whelan will take to the stage on Sunday evening at 8.00p.m.
Due to the high calibre of the music acts there will be a charge of €5.00 admission to the live open-air concerts on both Saturday and Sunday nights.
Saturday night – Mojo GoGo at 7.00p.m. followed by Killers of Leon at 9.00p.m. and on Sunday night
Pump up the Jam at 7.00p.m. followed by Irish Legends Bagatelle at 9.00p.m..
We are committed to bringing you an unrivalled musical entertainment event, but we also know that no festival experience is complete without a host of other entertainment. So, whatever your tastes, the Laghey Blast Festival has got something for you.
Big crowds are expected, so please come early.
Parking restrictions will be in place, please obey the stewards at all times and make this a safe and joyful festival for everyone. Thank you for your co-operation.
Peace One Day Concert
Imelda May, Newton Faulkner, Guillemots and Wonder Villains are the first acts confirmed for Derry’s Peace One Day Concert.
The concert – scheduled for June 21 at the revamped Ebrington Square parade ground – is produced by Jeremy Gilley, the founder of the Peace One Day movement for a global ceasefire, and is the opening concert of the London 2012 festival.
He said: “We’re so excited to be opening the London 2012 Festival in Derry-Londonderry. The concert marks the three-month countdown to Peace Day 2012 – the focus of our Global Truce 2012 campaign; we hope Peace Day 2012 will be the largest reduction of global violence ever recorded on one day.
“This day is as much about non-violence in our schools, our homes, workplace and local communities as it is about ceasefire on the international stage. Everyone has a role to play.”
More acts are expected to be confirmed for the Derry gig in the coming days.
Peace One Day Concert
Chief Executive of Derry’s Culture Company Shona McCarthy says the Peace One Day concert is a “fantastic opportunity for a joyous celebration in Derry.”
“We were aiming for a quality music line-up that people of all ages could enjoy at an affordable price. It’s great to have top artists performing here in the city,” she says.
“The ethos of Peace One Day resonates with the themes of the City of Culture project, we listened to the ideas put forward by our young people and matched those with a few of our own. The concert will allow us to show the world an early taste of the kind of events that Derry Londonderry will have to offer during 2013.
Tickets for the concert will be available shortly from ticketmaster.co.uk and from Cool Discs and the Ticketmaster booth in Foyleside Shopping Centre.
Rathmullan Community Festival is very much a family based event, not only for the inhabitants of Rathmullan but for the many visitors that come to the area. We look forward to seeing you there!
Non-profit festival each August Bank Holiday weekend with music, competitions and craic on the street benefiting local and national charities.
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Be with nature, let’s go outdoors is the slogan for the Rosses Walking Festival. Set in the Northern Headlands along the Wild Atlantic Way. The Rosses are located in the Gaeltacht in Donegal and our guided walks are all designed to enjoy the majesty of the coastline as well as the rugged magnificence of the mountains.
Starts Friday 22 May 2020
Ends Sunday 24 May 2020
Contact The Rosses, Co. Donegal
Phone: +353 74 9522500
Email: [email protected]